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Video: Purito takes on Liege-Bastogne-Liege's tough new climb

Côte de la Rue Naniot may prove decisive in Sunday's Monument...

There's a new climb in the finale of Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege - and as this video from Katusha's Joaquin Rodriguez shows, it's a relentless slog that may prove decisive.

Crested just 2.5km from the end of the sport's oldest Classic, giving it the nickname La Doyenne, the Côte de la Rue Naniot is 600 metres long with an average gradient of 10.5 per cent.

There will still be one more climb to negotiate, the Rue Walthere Jamere ahead of the left turn to the line, but we're expecting some fireworks here on Sunday.

Here's Rodriguez, nicknamed Purito, riding it with Amstel Gold winner Enrico Gasparotto of Wanty-Gobert; the turn onto the cobbled climb comes at around the 1-minute mark.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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